When Should I Replace The Serpentine V Belt On My Car?

Reader Question I have an 89 Ford Taurus Stationwagon that needs it’s V-belt replaced. I am not exactly sure what that is, how urgent the repairs are needed, or what to expect in terms of cost of repairs. Is this a major repair job? Thanks you in advance for your response

Hello there

This is the rubber belt that drives all the accessories of the engine, like air conditioner, power steering, water pump, alternator etc. I don’t think you have an actual V belt, you should have a serpentine fan belt, and you might have two of them. If you were told that you have some cracks in the belt…open the hood and see if you see these cracks yourself.

Just because you have some cracks does not mean you have to replace the belts NOW. I have only seen one belt break due to cracks. The belts are tough, and usually do not break leaving you stranded. If you have two belts you might be looking at $180 parts and labor to replace them…but if you just have some small cracks you don’t have to run out and replace them NOW if you don’t have the funds.

Here is more about it.

Serpentine Fan Belt

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